bleeding earth

Fear seeps in.
Lea was in a cemetery when the earth started bleeding. Within twenty-four hours, the blood made international news. All over the world, blood oozed out of the ground, through the concrete, and into the water. Then the earth started growing hair and bones.

Lea wishes she could ignore the blood. She longs to spend time with her new girlfriend, Aracely, in public, if only Aracely wasn't so afraid of her father. Lea wants to be a regular teen again, but the blood has made her a prisoner in her own home. Fear for her social life turns into fear for her sanity, and Lea must save herself and her girlfriend however she can.

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Listed as a best teen book of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews

"Dark, gory and impossible to put down. A worthy addition to the horror genre!" -Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and the Don't Get Mad series.

[STARRED REVIEW] "Grisly and sickening (but in the best way possible), the novel more than delivers on its promise of the macabre for lovers of horror, and curious readers will close the book with countless questions about religion, science, and human nature." -Kirkus Reviews

"Morbid, gruesome, and viscerally scary--this story made my skin crawl."

-Amy Lukavics, author of Daughters Unto Devils

"This seriously creepy story will draw in horror fans immediately." -VOYA

"Ward’s novel brilliantly evokes both revulsion and a less obvious, but more ominous, sense of dread, as everything we take for granted is called into question….Ward depicts LGBTQ people as we are in real life–complicated, nuanced, and not excited about wading to school through ankle-deep blood."